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The Guardian > UK Politics Martin Rowson on Nigel Farage’s eighth bid to become an MP – cartoon

Tory donor who gave Boris Johnson £500k urges public to vote Labour

John Caudwell, the Phones4U founder, says Keir Starmer’s manifesto has earned his vote for first time in 50 yearsThe former Conservative party donor John Caudwell has announced he will vote for Labour in next month’s general election.The businessman, who founded the mobile phone retailer Phones4U, was one of the biggest donors to the Tories in the run-up to the 2019 general election, donating £500,000 to Boris Johnson’s campaign. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Tory donor who gave Boris Johnson £500k urges public to vote Labour

Chris Philp and Nick Thomas-Symonds among political figures debating crime and immigration – as it happened

Channel 4 News special to address law, order and immigration with seven political figuresSign up to our Election Edition daily newsletterQ: [From Emma in Greenwich] How will you protect single-sex spaces for girls, while making it easier to get a gender recognition certificate?Starmer says he is passionate about protecting single-sex spaces. As director of public prosecutions, he dealt with a lot of cases involving violence against women and girls.The person I have in my mind when I say working people is people who earn their living, rely on our services, and don’t really have the ability to write a cheque when they get into trouble. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Chris Philp and Nick Thomas-Symonds among political figures debating crime and immigration – as it happened

Labour would use part of NHS budget to buy beds in care homes

Party says plan would free up thousands of England hospital beds occupied by patients whose discharge has been delayedNHS money will be used to buy thousands of beds in care homes under Labour plans to reduce overcrowding in England’s hospitals, long waits in A&E and patients becoming trapped in ambulances.Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, said the move would tackle the huge human and financial “waste” of beds being occupied by patients fit to leave but stuck there because a lack of care outside the hospital. There are 13,000 beds in England – enough to fill 26 hospitals – being occupied by such patients. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Labour would use part of NHS budget to buy beds in care homes

Deepfake video of Nigel Farage playing Minecraft ‘of course’ not real, party says

Deepfake videos have failed to disrupt election campaign as some predicted, instead existing as obviously fake memesUK election live – latest updatesThe video is clear: Nigel Farage, appearing on screen as a gaming livestreamer, is commentating as he plays Minecraft. The Reform UK party leader explains that he has logged on to Rishi Sunak’s server, tracked down the prime minister’s virtual home in the video game, and intends to blow it up.Farage’s distinctive voice can be heard as he explains what he’s about to do: “I filled it to the brim with TNT. And for everyone’s information there were absolutely no traces of Sky TV services in or around the house.” Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Deepfake video of Nigel Farage playing Minecraft ‘of course’ not real, party says

Tory candidate accused of dog-whistle tactics against rival with Indian name

Marco Longhi, standing for Dudley North, wrote to British-Pakistani voters about Labour’s Sonia Kumar, underlining her surnameUK election live – latest updatesA Conservative candidate has been criticised for sending letters to British-Pakistani voters allegedly insinuating they should vote for him instead of his Labour rival because of her Indian surname.Marco Longhi, the Tory candidate fighting for re-election in Dudley North against Sonia Kumar, has been accused of using dog-whistle politics and attempting to “alienate British Hindus”. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Tory candidate accused of dog-whistle tactics against rival with Indian name

Workers at Premier Inn owner protest at AGM against plans to cut 1,500 jobs

Unite union also considering employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal against WhitbreadWorkers demonstrated at Premier Inn owner Whitbread’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday over plans to cut 1,500 jobs amid rising profits.The employees of restaurants including Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Beefeater protested outside the company’s investor meeting in Dunstable, Bedfordshire on Tuesday and union activists asked about the job cuts and pay inside the meeting. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Workers at Premier Inn owner protest at AGM against plans to cut 1,500 jobs

Election Extra: Labour heading for a landslide - podcast

A new poll for Ipsos shows Labour heading for an unprecedented majority and spells disaster for Rishi Sunak. Archie Bland reports Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Election Extra: Labour heading for a landslide - podcast

Labour landslide projected with dozens of Tory-held seats on knife-edge

Data showing 15% swing away from Conservatives since 2019 likely to stoke party’s fears of ‘extinction-level event’ at general electionUK election live – latest updatesLabour is heading for a landslide win in the election, according to a new projection, but more than 100 Conservative-held seats appear to be on a knife-edge with the results in the hands of millions of undecided or swing voters.In its first MRP model of the 2024 general election, Ipsos estimated Labour could win 453 seats and the Conservatives 115, giving Keir Starmer’s party a majority of 256 and inflicting the Tories’ worst ever defeat. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Labour landslide projected with dozens of Tory-held seats on knife-edge

Sarwar effectively starts Scottish Labour’s Holyrood campaign with tax pledge

Scottish Labour leader, launching Westminster manifesto, promises party will not raise income tax if it comes into power in 2026UK election live – latest updatesAnas Sarwar has effectively fired the starting gun on the 2026 Holyrood election campaign as he pledged not to raise income tax if he became first minister.Sarwar told an audience of candidates and activists at the launch of Scottish Labour’s Westminster manifesto in Edinburgh, “we know change for Scotland is a two stage process” and that voters wanted to “turn the page … on 14 years of chaos under the Tories, and 17 years of failure under the SNP”. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Sarwar effectively starts Scottish Labour’s Holyrood campaign with tax pledge

How the Lib Dems might double their seats despite fewer votes – visualised

A combination of a more efficient vote and a rise in tactical voting gives Ed Davey an opportunity to double Commons representationWhat constituency am I in? New boundary map for UK general electionUK general election opinion polls trackerThe Liberal Democrats could increase their total seats in the new parliament owing to a more efficient vote distribution across the UK, say experts, despite the party polling a lower national vote share than in 2019.The Lib Dems are polling at an average of 10-11%, slightly lower than the 11.6% they won in 2019, which led to 11 seats in parliament. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics How the Lib Dems might double their seats despite fewer votes – visualised

Keir Starmer commits to judge-led inquiry into Nottingham killings

Labour leader says families of three people stabbed to death have had ‘horrific experience’, as Barnaby Webber’s mother challenges him on radio phone-in Keir Starmer has committed to a judge-led inquiry into the Nottingham attacks if Labour wins the election, saying there are “too many examples of victims and family members being let down”.Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian Coates were stabbed to death last year by Valdo Calocane, who was sentenced to a hospital order after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to paranoid schizophrenia. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Keir Starmer commits to judge-led inquiry into Nottingham killings

Election TV debates set new standards in diminishing returns | John Crace

Seven lesser candidates share existential crisis as they debate crime and immigration to negligible interestJust add it to Zeno’s collection of paradoxes. Just as an arrow has an infinite number of halfway points in its trajectory so cannot therefore be said to ever reach its targets, so the TV election debates must have an infinite number of diminishing returns such that there can never be none. This at least must provide some reassurance for the broadcasters who can console themselves with the knowledge there must be at least one person somewhere who finds the debate worthwhile. It just doesn’t feel that way. The apathy and indifference is stifling.But for reasons best known to themsel..

The Guardian > UK Politics Election TV debates set new standards in diminishing returns | John Crace

Clearing the airwaves: Starmer gives woolly performance on LBC phone-in | Marina Hyde

Moments of clarity about football tax and definition of working person only highlight evasion elsewhereUK election live – latest updatesOver in Clacton, Nigel Farage’s campaign is actually selling tickets to see him on Tuesday night, at an event for voters billed as “Meet Nigel Farage”. At £3.41 a ticket (some still available at the time of writing), this clearly represents an exciting entertainment opportunity for those unable to afford the £71 that the Reform leader charges on Cameo, where he has continued filming personalised videos for fans and ironists throughout the general election campaign. Nigel seems to have spent a good chunk of Father’s Day filming lucrative Happy Fat..

The Guardian > UK Politics Clearing the airwaves: Starmer gives woolly performance on LBC phone-in | Marina Hyde

Change? If only. Labour’s housing plans are built on flimsy foundations, fantasies and fudge

The manifesto promises minor common-sense reforms to the planning system. But the headline proposal for new towns won’t amount to much. Where is the bold modernism of the postwar Labour government?With his sleeves rolled up, his hands in his pockets and the frown of a building inspector encountering flammable cladding panels for the umpteenth time, Keir Starmer stares out in black and white from the cover of Labour’s election manifesto next to a single word: “Change.”The word is printed in bright red in Labour’s official election typeface: a bold and curvy font called Poppins – an apt, if unconscious, allusion to Starmer’s ambition to become the stern but caring nanny for the n..

The Guardian > UK Politics Change? If only. Labour’s housing plans are built on flimsy foundations, fantasies and fudge

Macron cosied up to consultants and lobbyists and lost voters – Starmer’s Labour risks doing the same| Oliver Haynes

The party may find that, like Macron’s Renaissance, using consultancies quickly leads to bad decisions and low popularityKeir Starmer is likely to be the prime minister in a few short weeks. Is there another, similar leader who could give us an insight into how he might behave in office? Starmer’s early promise was similar to that of Spain’s Pedro Sánchez, the electable face of an amicable centre-to-left. But Starmer abandoned that pretence the second he became Labour leader. He wishes he were Joe Biden, to the extent that he has followed the US line on foreign policy so closely as to alienate voters over his stance on Gaza.In terms of his demeanour, he is reminiscent of Germany’s O..

The Guardian > UK Politics Macron cosied up to consultants and lobbyists and lost voters – Starmer’s Labour risks doing the same| Oliver Haynes

This should be the climate election. Instead we are in a frustrating, Farage-obsessed fantasyland | Zoe Williams

Bloviators and untruths continue to generate more news than common sense and the environment. But some parties are trying to make a differenceI’m sitting in a room with Catherine Mayer and Sandi Toksvig, who founded the Women’s Equality party (WEP) nine years ago, and Caroline Lucas and Siân Berry, departing and prospective Brighton Pavilion Green MPs respectively. In theory this is a political meeting, but it doesn’t feel like politics, because nobody appears to be lying, and everyone makes sense.In a sane world, Toksvig would be the political insurgent, because she’s saying what everyone is thinking, and Nigel Farage would be the entertainer, because, well, people seem to find him..

The Guardian > UK Politics This should be the climate election. Instead we are in a frustrating, Farage-obsessed fantasyland | Zoe Williams

Labour is fixated on winning back the ‘red wall’. The only problem? It doesn’t exist | Alex Niven

The party’s electoral strategy is based on an outdated stereotype of the northern voter – and it will come back to haunt StarmerIn the 2024 general election campaign, both major parties seem intent on being as grimly, greyly unadventurous as possible. Moments of farce aside, the dearth of talking points has at times made me feel weirdly nostalgic for the heady days of late 2019, when talk of the “collapse of the red wall” dominated a rather more dramatic contest. Nearly five years on from the upheavals of 2019, what has happened to the “red wall” which became such a defining psephological cliche of that moment?In fact, while the “red wall” phrase has somewhat fallen out of fa..

The Guardian > UK Politics Labour is fixated on winning back the ‘red wall’. The only problem? It doesn’t exist | Alex Niven

I went looking for the few remaining Tory voters. They don’t want Farage, but they don’t want Sunak either | Polly Toynbee

Even lifelong Conservative voters seem tired of the Tories. Signs are pointing to a total party collapseWho are the people who will still vote Tory? True, there are not many left, but a solid core of 20% of the population will opt for more of the same, the lowest percentage in polling history, says Prof John Curtice. That many still seem willing to re-elect those who did such national damage is, to put it politely, perplexing.Do they really back the exceptionally mean-spirited and squalid bribery of their party’s prospectus? Well, the great majority have better things to do than read manifestos. But go out and talk to ordinary Tory voters and you find their state of mind out of tune with t..

The Guardian > UK Politics I went looking for the few remaining Tory voters. They don’t want Farage, but they don’t want Sunak either | Polly Toynbee

Ipsos poll shows just how deep a hole the Conservatives are in

Model shows party losing seats to Labour, Reform UK and Lib Dems amid dissatisfaction with governmentLabour landslide projected with dozens of Tory-held seats on knife-edgeUK election live – latest updatesThe findings from today’s Ipsos MRP poll show in no uncertain terms just how much trouble the Conservatives are in. Our model has the Conservatives winning just 115 seats, with Labour on 453. To compare, in 1997 Tony Blair’s Labour party won 418 and John Major’s Conservatives 178. On these results, the Conservatives could be heading for their worst general election defeat in modern political history.There is often a lot of mystery surrounding multi-level regression and post-stratifi..

The Guardian > UK Politics Ipsos poll shows just how deep a hole the Conservatives are in

‘Times change, principles don’t’: Britons share what will decide their vote this election

Hundreds say they plan to switch, whether due to tactical reasons, single issues such as Gaza, or disappointment in Labour and the ToriesUK general election live – latest updates“I’ll vote Labour, 100%,” said Sean, 36, a married designer and homeowner from Chester who voted Lib Dem at the last election. “The party is a lot more centrist now than it was in 2019.“Keir Starmer may not be the most electrifying politician, but he is what we need right now. A safe, competent pair of hands who can bring some stability. And I’d absolutely trust Labour more with the NHS than the Tories. Labour will probably be more willing to invest in it.” Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics ‘Times change, principles don’t’: Britons share what will decide their vote this election

Ben Jennings on Keir Starmer and Euro 2024 – cartoon

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The Guardian > UK Politics Ben Jennings on Keir Starmer and Euro 2024 – cartoon

The Guardian view on Labour’s plan for growth: the missing ingredient is clearly demand | Editorial

The UK can’t continue with policies that have produced a productivity slump and record amounts of insecure workIn the manifestos of both the Conservative and the Labour parties, there is a commitment to implementing the NHS long-term workforce plan to ensure that the country will be able to populate the health service with UK-trained doctors and nurses. However, neither of the parties are suggesting that they will fund the £30bn it would cost to employ the tens of thousands of staff they say they will train. Instead, voters are expected to believe that the confidence fairy will turn up when the next government arrives – and businesses will invest, leading to economic growth.It is magica..

The Guardian > UK Politics The Guardian view on Labour’s plan for growth: the missing ingredient is clearly demand | Editorial

Nigel Farage’s Reform UK contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on – but who cares? | John Crace

Nige isn’t here to sell his fantasies, all he’s really selling is himself – along with disaffection and division“What the fuck are you doing here?” says the cab driver. Fair to say he doesn’t get that many pickups from the Gurnos estate on the edge of Merthyr Tydfil. “It’s fucking rough round here. Everyone’s fucking mental.”Say what you like about Nigel Farage but he gets to parts of the country that other politicians don’t. You wouldn’t have caught the Tories, Labour or the Lib Dems launching their manifestos on a rundown estate in Wales. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics Nigel Farage’s Reform UK contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on – but who cares? | John Crace

Now we know Farage and Reform’s so-called policies. The worst thing Sunak can do is copy them | Simon Jenkins

Voters will see through the thin prospectus Farage offered today. And pandering to his ideas won’t end well for the ConservativesSmash him. Go for the jugular. Take the gloves off and hit him with the big one. We have nothing to lose. A sure sign of political panic is when the kids in the backroom take control of tactics and use the language of the big fight.But who is it that Rishi Sunak is reportedly being advised to smash? The gossip from anonymous “advisers” is that he should get nasty with Keir Starmer. They have been impressed by how unsettled Starmer was by an interviewer reminding him of his support for his predecessor as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in 2019. And Sunak is also..

The Guardian > UK Politics Now we know Farage and Reform’s so-called policies. The worst thing Sunak can do is copy them | Simon Jenkins

A D-day disaster, dodgy leaflets and policies from thin air. Tory activists must avenge this debacle | Henry Hill

Grassroots Conservatives will have their time to assess the disaster that is this campaign. They must be unsparingIn politics as in war, an ambush can be a devastatingly effective tactic. Catching your opponent off-guard and out of position has often seen underdogs overcome mightier opponents and reverse the direst of fortunes.This seems to have been the logic – such as there was – of Rishi Sunak’s decision to call the general election for 4 July. But it increasingly looks as though it will prove a self-inflicted wound of historic proportions. Continue reading...

The Guardian > UK Politics A D-day disaster, dodgy leaflets and policies from thin air. Tory activists must avenge this debacle | Henry Hill

The downfall of the Tories may be predictable, but it can still feel promising | Nesrine Malik

Voters keep being warned to temper expectations. But a Labour party finally taking power should embrace that sense of opportunity, and be transformed by itWith the result by all measures a foregone conclusion, this general election campaign is less a contest and more a long coronation for one party, and an extended wake for the other. Keir Starmer is already being treated like the next prime minister rather than a leader of an opposition striving to unseat the incumbent. The Tories’ fate is only uncertain in terms of the degree of defeat: will it be serious diminishment or oblivion? In this interregnum, the future heaves into view.The upcoming political chapter already has clear contours. ..

The Guardian > UK Politics The downfall of the Tories may be predictable, but it can still feel promising | Nesrine Malik